Chemistry of Spaceby David E. Newton
Chemistry of Space provides an overview of the latest information about the solar system, comets, and meteors, and other features of the universe made available as a result of space exploration and research in astrochemistry. The volume is an impressive account of our universe, the events through which it was created, the changes that have taken place during its evolution, and its present composition.
Chemistry of Space contains information on: the birth of the universe, the chemical composition of a planet, comets, meteors, asteroids, and the Moon, formation of the heavy elements, the inner planets, interstellar space, the outer planets, star classification. This volume contains more than 30 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, a detailed list of print and Web resources, and an index. The New Chemistry is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers who require information on the intriguing science of chemistry.
About the Author:
David E. Newton, Ph.D., was a professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College
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I enjoyed this book because it filled in long neglected gaps in the popular descriptions of the cosmos. For example we have read about cosmic dust for years without ever really finding out what is known about its composition. Beginning with the chemistry of the big bang, it takes the reader on a cosmic tour which ends in our backyard - the moon. The reader will find where we are surprisingly confident about the nature of material in far flung areas of space and where we a still mystified. It is well written and organized and does not leave the reader with more questions than answers, which happens in more science books than you might imagine. My one gripe is with the abundent typographical errors. The book would have benefitted from a good proof reading.